Mediano/largo plazo
KVDA/MLTV/2018/01 KENIA Emuhaya, Vihiga, Western Kenya Service Sector: Health Promotion 01/01/2018 31/12/2018

Esiarambatsi health Center

Project background

Esiarambatsi Health Centre was established to cater for the medical needs of the local people in the community. It is a community based health center which cares for mothers, children’s and also people living with HIV/AIDS. The centre also offers pre- and ante-natal cares to women. The Luhya speaking people are the inhabitants of the area and they occupy the vast Western Kenya. They are hospitable and welcoming. The health center is a community initiative that is currently run by the Ministry of health and has three nurses who work under a nursing officer in charge. The center offers curative, preventative and promotion services. Water is available from streams, rain water occasionally harvested and volunteers have the opportunity to learn to live in adversity and especially when Kenya grapples with the poverty challenge that is the single most obstacles to sustainable development. The main objective of the project is to provide health care to the community using locally available resources. Most community members are small scale farmers confronted with grave challenges including lack of access to medical facilities.

According to the National Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) 2001 report, 65% of
the people of Kenya live below the poverty line. The approximate statistics for poverty levels are as follows: 53% rural poor, 52% are overall national food poor, who are unable to afford a daily 2250 calories, 51% are rural food poor while 38% are urban food poor. In Emuhaya District, over 65% live below poverty line and are food poor. The problem of poverty is further compounded by rampant HIV/AIDS, poor health facilities and infrastructure, declining education and literacy levels, breakdown in social and cultural structures, insecurity, declining land productivity, poor administrative management
among others. Malaria, acute respiratory tract infections, diarrhoea, skin diseases, intestinal worms, ear and eye infections and AIDS are the common diseases found among the people of Emuhaya District. In addition, cases of malnutrition have also been reported. Mechanisms of coping up with the management and control of the diseases and other
health related problems are lacking. A well-organized health system, will, therefore,
need to be in place for the needs of the people
The HIV/AIDS scourge has affected the people of this new district just like it has for the
rest of Kenya. Currently available figures indicate that 5.1% of the population of
Emuhaya district is infected with HIV. This translates to 10, 074 as the number of
people living with AIDS (PLWAS). Based on these figures, a number of service delivery
points have been established in various health facilities in the district. It is worth noting
that by June 2008, the total number of people on antiretroviral therapy (ART) stood as
2, 446 (24.3 % of those eligible). There is therefore a need to scale up ART activities to
cover large numbers as is elsewhere in Kenya.

Project activities
The facility offers health services to the local community members that include the
 Laboratory work
 Observation of patients
 Injection/filter
 Pharmacy work
 Registration
 Reproductive health
 Child Delivery
 Awareness creation on health issues.

Volunteer tasks
 The volunteers will be assigned duties in the health facility by professional staff
accredited by the Ministry of Health.
 KVDA requests for medical professionals to join this project and will appreciate
to receive your CV.
 Submit project report to KVDA

 Volunteers are accepted to join this project at any time of the year and should
arrive in Kenya on 20th day of the month. The duration of placement is flexible
depending on the availability of the volunteer
 2-day orientation seminar will be done on the 21st and 22nd of every month

Financial contribution
 The project participation fee is Euro 200 per month paid upfront on
arrival to the cover costs stipulated for the entire duration of the project.
Monthly payment of participation fees is not allowed for conventional purposes.
Volunteers accepted on MLTV project for one month will pay Euros 300 for the
one month placement.

What is included in the participation fee?
 Return transfers from the airport

 Full board at the project (Accommodation and meals provided at the project)
 Orientation, evaluation and monitoring
 Volunteer mentorship
What is not included in the participation fee?
 Travel to and from the project. The volunteer will be required to pay for the bus
 Refreshments outside the project
 Air ticket
 Excursion
 Visa and Insurance
 Local travel and personal effects

 Home stay and the volunteer is entitled to private room but will share other
amenities and meals with the host family. It is convenient for the volunteer to
carry sleeping bag, mat and personal effects. KVDA has a memorandum of
understanding with the host project regarding the project costs with appropriate
procedures, checks and balances.

 Volunteers will be driven to the KVDA Residence situated in Karen suburb in
Nairobi approximately 25 Kilometers away from the airport and that is where the
volunteers will be accommodated ahead of their placement to the project. The
residence is situated in the serene environment with amble space for recreation
and spectacular setting as the inauguration of volunteering to make a difference
in the world.

Leisure time
 Kenya is replete with a lot of interesting and natural spectacular sites of interest
that would capture the imagination of volunteers. From the tour to the renowned
Maasai Mara Game Reserve to visits to local community beholding sights, the
volunteers have the previledge to make choices that would fundamentally make
the difference. The project also offers a perfect opportunity for people who enjoy
being close to nature and are interested in the spectacular setting that traditional
way of living in the heartland of the African culture would enrich your cultural

Laundry and water:

Water is available at the hosting house and it is from the springs and it is
important to preserve water at all times due to its scarcity and cooperation with
the hosts will be highly appreciated
 There are no washing machines in the institution and the volunteer will be guided
on how to wash clothes
 Volunteers are expected to have their own medical insurance and other personal
expenses and it is important to carry your own medical and travel insurances.
 Mentor for the volunteer from the hosting organisation: KVDA
will designate its staff to play the role of mentoring and this is the vital link
between the volunteer and the organization. The Mentor has the responsibility to
enable the volunteer to efficiently execute their tasks with diligence.
 Function of mentor: advise, educate, be a role model to the volunteers;
providing problem solving, collaborative support, positive and non-evaluative
feedback and emotional support for volunteers; to provide comfort, exposure,
visibility and challenging assignments which directly support the volunteer’s
personal and professional development; to provide counselling and friendship to
support the volunteer’s self-image and competence and thus to listen, guide,
advice, teach and offer professional support to the volunteers
 The mentor will be available for the volunteer as a constant supporting person.
However, he/she should not be directly involved in the daily work of the
 Mentor’s Experience with international volunteers: More than 3
years’ experience with international volunteers
Project participants: Maximum 5 volunteers from different nationalities
recruited through KVDA partner organizations
What to carry: This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag
and mat, toiletries, torch, flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from your
country, among others
DONATION AND GIFTS: These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the
solidarity of volunteers and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in
case you are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a
donation or long-term intervention on the project.